REVIEW: AUTOart Pagani Huayra BC •

REVIEW: AUTOart Pagani Huayra BC

There is the added anticipation when AUTOart is about to release another supercar.  Add the Pagani name to the sentence and the excitement is echoed even more.  The latest offering from the team is the 1:18 Pagani Huayra BC in Rosso Dubai/Carbon.  A total of seven exterior colours are promised from AUTOart, a few recently unveiled.  This example is the first colour to make it to market and comes from their Composite and Diecast series.  Please check out the AUTOart news feed here on the website to learn more.

The BC in Huayra BC is named after the late Benny Caiola, a friend of Horacio Pagani, and the first Pagani customer.  The Pagani Huayra BC excels over the standard Pagani Huayra in many forms.  Power is upgraded as well as the a few exterior changes.  Carbon Triax is the base material for the BC which Pagani claims is 50% lighter and 20% stronger than regular carbon fibre.  This improves the overall power to weight ratio substantially.  Exterior changes in basic form include new aluminum alloy wheels, venting/fins over the front wheel and immediate front section and massive rear spoiler.  In the end, this is a track-focused supercar!

Before we get to the meat and potatoes, we want to share a few tips in preparing the model.  First and foremost, read the included instructions.  This will ensure you don’t damage the model.  The end-user is required to remove two screws in the front, located underneath each front wheel (turning slightly to expose).  AUTOart does provide a screwdriver within the box.  DO use a magnet to magnetize the tip for a few seconds to ensure the screw stays in place with the driver’s head.  This will minimize the chances of losing any screws!  The rear screws are located about mid-height just behind the door handle opening in the rear body panel.  Don’t forget to ALWAYS open the doors first before you access the rear or front!

You will also have to install your side mirrors.  Installation was easy as 123…  No glue is necessary.  AUTOart also includes two sets of mirrors.

Unveiling the model from the exterior protective shell, we were shocked how brilliantly the colours popped on this model.  The Red and gloss carbon fibre is a beautiful marriage.  AUTOart’s workmanship on the carbon elements is absolutely delicious.  There are no visible signs of decal damage or defects of any nature found here.  Some customers have been reporting issues.  Seems QC could use a little help AUTOart.

As for the exterior, we do question the Red transition from the mid-point to the rear.  Our example does show an obvious difference in the rear section as being darker in appearance.  What is funny, under “normal” lighting conditions one would have a hard time seeing this variance.  In the end, is this normal based on the lighting conditions and viewing angle?  Not 100% sure.

Moving to the front there is much to look at here.  First, the lower section is featuring more of the carbon look.  Note the Huayra BC decal to the left.  Just in behind there are opening to the back cooling.  These are capped with metal grilles.  Moving up the first thing we encounter is the functional aerodynamic fins.  Much easier to adjust than the first generation AUTOart Huayra but placing them in the desired position is somewhat challenging due to the weight and less residence as we saw with the first-gen.

This is a FULL 360 access model and then some…  The forward sweeping hood is easy to access and positioning is done with ease.  Neat engineering work on the centre hinges.  The surrounding area and upper hatch are completed with a moulded carbon fibre look.  Suspension bits are visible from each side, the Blue spring pops against the dark carbon fibre.  Suspension compounds are a mix of metal and plastic; this is similar to the first-gen as well.

The rear section shines just as strong as the front.  Carbon fibre weave is genuine and the high gloss matches the mirror finish of the Red paint.  Larger upper spoiler is one of the styling cues that differentiate the BC from its older brother.  Blues around the quad exhaust tips add that touch of realism.  The lower opening is crafted with metal grilles if you shine a light through the Blue hues of the inside section of the exhaust scream through as well as other motor components.  Lower carbon fibre is crafted with decals and mirrors the other carbon fibre elements.

Access to the rear section is permitted.  Opening and closing the hatch is again done without issue.  We like to mention, with all the opening elements from front to rear the overall appearance of shutlines and panel gaps is excellent.  Before we go inside, we wanted to mention the rear functional fins.  The shutlines here are soooo tight it was near impossible for us to open.  Finally, after repeated tries and various aids we got one to open, we gave up on the second.

As for the motor we give it decent marks, basically the same as the first generation Huayra from AUTOart.  We’re not sure why there are allegations of it not on the same level.  We did a side by side comparison of the two.

It isn’t all good.  What we thought was weak was the side view of the motor block.  The original AUTOart Huayra these areas on either side were blocked by storage compartments, with the Huayra BC these are removed.  The view from a distance is good but on closer inspection, the turbos and related components could have used a little colour and texture to provide that level of realism, especially at this price point.  Also, the “lego” brick looking device near the centre is too basic based on the rest of the surrounding motor components.  And finally, the hand-built titanium exhaust is lacking the definition of each fitted and welded section.

Wheels on the Huayra BC are in typical AUTOart form.  Just right!  Front and rear feature different sizes, the added script to the tires provide the added realism factor.  As for braking components, they are accurate to the original, the brake calipers are large and painted in Red.  We love the added Black shading added to the front calipers.  Very reminiscent of the original!

Access to the interior is achieved via the two up-swing doors.  Our example worked flawlessly and the gaps and shutlines as mentioned are some of the best we’ve seen with AUTOart to date. The interior is completed in Blacks and Greys.  If you’re looking for a splash of colour, look into the Silver exterior finish BC.  This example has Red accents bits, from the initial images it looks grand!

As for the interior elements themselves, AUTOart re-creates them with a mix of carbon decals, carbon mould and plastic in a Grey/Black tones.  We do like the use of carbon decals in the immediate surrounding of the door.  It definitely looks sharp!  The same is sparingly used inside though, the rest is more moulded carbon fibre and Grey plastic.  It doesn’t look bad but it doesn’t provide the over the top wow factor either.  Fabric seat-belts was a surprise too, as the team has shifted to synthetic rubber look with more of their recent offerings.

With the supercar replica market being fierce and sealed, resin models becoming the norm of the day it is refreshing to see a brand still take a leap into full 360 access models.  AUTOart’s delivery here is exceptional for the most part.  Those on the fence with composite as the base material for the exterior panels don’t lose any sleep, the model delivers and then some.  It is actually closer to the real thing than diecast metal would be.

Also, the slew of working parts works better than the first-generation replica for setting the position of doors, and related opening bits.  Overall shutlines and panel gaps are exceptional as and everything here works in harmony.  On the flip side, the motor and some interior elements could utilize a little more attention but overall each area keeps on pace.  AUTOart Pagani Huayra BC comes highly recommended.  Your most difficult choice would be what exterior colour to buy, as the list is long here.  Enjoy the pics!

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16 Responses to "REVIEW: AUTOart Pagani Huayra BC"

  1. Rafa says:

    First of all Merry Christmas to all of you! This one is in pole position for me for the best modelcar of the year. When I am looking to most of the pictures it seems that I am watching the 1:1 Pagani Huayra BC. Well done Autoart.

  2. Grease Lightning says:

    Great, honest review as always! I just received my silver/ carbon one with red interior and I’m very happy with it :) Keep up the great work I appreciate your site very much, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

  3. Gabriel Abadi says:

    Merry Christmas to everybody here. Just wanted to point out something I noticed, I own the first gen Autoart Huayra.

    This one is missing a piece I mean they completely overlooked that part, instead of that lego brick looking thing there should be a carbon air intake on top of that lego brick thing supported by those silver bars right where the X bars are screwed, the original AutoArt Huayra has it, and looking at pictures online the Huayra BC also has it, AutoArt completely forgot about placing that piece on the engine because they had it on the original one.

  4. Veneno says:

    Happy Holidays! Thank you for the thorough review.

    Well, I am disappointed with the missing air intake, that should be on top of that “lego” piece, with that said, I’ll just get the Roadster.

  5. H.G says:

    Nice piece I must say, but still think it falls short of the original Huayra model from a few years back. Too much reliance on plastic and theres mould lines etc.

  6. Roger Lodge says:

    Just curious, what is meant by “Composite and Diecast series”? Are there diecast features on this or is this? If not, it seems a little odd to even evoke the word diecast at all.

  7. Mike Wiseman says:

    Im not totally against the composite models. They do represent a bit more realism to some of the more exotic cars that dont use metal panels at all. However I do find myself cringing at the strange squeaks that come from the doors when trying to position them correctly. I have also found a few minor paint issues on some of the edges of the composite parts but i haven’t come across any of the bubbles from paint rash in this series. Plastic or not they still tend to look far better than the closest quality diecast. Almost Real might just change that but they don’t have much of a catalog yet. Anyway, I’ve preordered the blue huayra bc.. can’t wait for it. The initial photos with the strange teal carbon fiber are inaccurate and don’t do it any justice. The actual color of this model is gorgeous.. great job autoart on what is already a beautiful colour

  8. Demetri says:

    I am so happy that I own the 1st gen. Huayra. Just the fact that when I hold it, I feel the weight on it, is rewarding. Now, whenever I am dusting my display cases and have to pickup models from the new/composite generation to clean up around them, they feel very light and delicate. Don’t get me wrong, I still love AA, but I miss the days when they built cars that you knew if you threw at a window, they would break the window rather than bounce back and hit you in the head. I am not saying that I have ever done that, but it is the truth. Some of the new composite ones are better than others. For instance the Centenario that I own feels so much better than the Corvette Z06.

  9. Alex says:

    How can I open the rear air vents?
    I’m trying to open the same way that the front but can’t open them
    Thank you

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